18:24 - 2023-01-20
Today, Friday, the Ministry of Agriculture confirmed the government's move to find new formulations for the law dealing with housing abuses, which was withdrawn earlier from Parliament to radically solve its problem.
The Director General of the Agricultural Lands Department in the ministry, Ali Hammoud, said, "The Council of Ministers issued Resolution 320 of 2022 to address the problem of abuses occurring on state-owned agricultural lands that were used randomly as housing complexes that entered the designs of cities."
He added, "The decision included the ownership of these lands to municipal institutions and the Municipality of Baghdad, and after the process of owning them, they are sold to the citizens who occupy them in accordance with Law No. 21 of 2013 on the sale and lease of state funds, according to Articles Seven and Eight of this decision."
He pointed out that "as for the draft law dealing with housing abuses, it was withdrawn from the government and parliament and is currently presented to a special committee under the supervision of the Council of Advisors," pointing out that "the committee will study all the articles included in the draft law, and some articles will be amended and added to make this law applicable." And a radical treatment of the problem of abuses that occurred on agricultural lands, whether they were owned by the state or rights of disposal.
And he indicated, "The previous draft law did not address the problem of lands whose gender is agricultural and has disposal rights," stressing that "the treatment will be by committees as well as an inventory of neighborhoods through committees that receive requests in addition to other committees to amend the design according to modern designs of cities, and approval is made." This design is fundamentally by the governor or the Mayor of Baghdad.
He pointed out that "some areas and neighborhoods have not been treated, and therefore their occupants are compensated with a suitable residential plot in the event that they are opposed to the design," noting that "the Ministry of Planning has satellite images and in light of them, and during the specified period from 2016 to 2022, it will be owned according to the images, but after that it is not permissible Ownership of modern construction that occurred after 2022.
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